NAFA Committees

Government & Legal Affairs Committee

This committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. CST. View the committee’s 2024 priorities here. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Bailey Sorensen.

  • Emily Kresowik – CHAIR
    Asst, General Counsel
    EquiTrust
  • Tyler Brown – VICE CHAIR
    AVP and Head of Government Affairs 
    North American
  • Jodi Ahlman
    SVP, General Counsel & Secretary
    F&G Annuities & Life
  • Cliff Andrews
    Principal
    CapCity Advocates
  • Mark Banks
    Vice President of Compliance
    SILAC Insurance Company
  • Bryce Biklen
    Chief Distribution Officer
    North American
  • Priscilla Brown
    General Counsel
    ARCUS
  • Ryan Brown
    Head of Sales/General Counsel
    M&O Marketing
  • Ernest C’Debaca
    General Counsel & COO
    Magellan
  • Jamie Casto
    AVP, Associate General Counsel
    Nationwide
  • Chris Conroy
    Executive VP & Principal
    Insurance Agency Marketing Services, Inc.
  • Ria Cruz
    VP,Compliance and Suitability
    Magellan
  • Joy Dawe
    VP, Market Conduct, Crump Life Insurance Services
    Crump
  • Steve Delaney
    Principal
    American Brokerage Services
  • Andries Dupreez
    Sr. Consultant Annuity Product Development
    Lincoln Financial
  • Chris Eaken
    VP of Compliance and Administration
    Legacy Marketing Group
  • Mary Fowser
    Sr. Compliance Analyst
    Brokers International
  • Roman Gabriel
    Sr. VP, Head of Gov’t Affairs
    Lincoln Financial
  •  Shawn Gallagher
    Head of Federal Government Affairs
    Corebridge Financial
  • Jason Gould
    Of Counsel
    Carlton Fields
  • Michelle Gordon
    COO
    Axonic Insurance
  • Gissou Gotlieb
    Head of Accumulation & Retirement Income Compliance
    AmeriLife
  • John Gruber
    Senior VP
    MassMutual Ascend Life Insurance
  • Matt Hargrafen
    Head of Distribution Compliance and Government Relations
    Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company
  • Angela Hollan
    VP, Head of Government Affairs
    Allianz
  • Julia Holloway
    VP Marketing and Channel Solutions
    Delaware Life
  • Pat Hughes
    Partner
    Faegre Drinker
  • James Huang
    Second VP & Associate Counsel
    The Standard
  • Heather Kane
    Vice President of Sales & Marketing
    EquiTrust
  • Ted Kennedy
    Head State Government Affairs
    Corebridge Financial
  • Will Kennedy
    Vice President – Corporate Counsel
    National Western Life
  • Jamie Kosharek
    MD, head of Independent Channel
    Global Atlantic
  • Tim Krupa
    Compliance Project Manager
    Corebridge Financial
  • Maia Leeds
    Regulatory & Government Affairs
    Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Tony Lengeling
    VP & Chief Compliance Officer
    American Equity
  • Ryan Lex
    Executive Vice President, Chief Distribution Officer
    Ibexis
  • Adam Linkner
    General Counsel
    Signal Advisors
  • Blake Major
    Senior Government Relations Partner
    American Equity
  • Jared Margolies
    Dir. of Compliance
    Simplicity Group Holdings
  • Eric Marhoun
    VP, Senior Counsel
    Nassau Financial Group
  • Paul McGillivray
    Business Development Director
    M&O Marketing
  • Shannon McGinnis
    Director of Compliance
    Triad Partners
  • Kevin Mechtley
    VP-Business Development and Chief Innovation Officer
    North American
  • Bill Mescher
    Legal Counsel, Legal and Compliance
    Athene
  • Gina Miller
    Vice President, Corporate Counsel
    National Western Life Insurance Co.
  • Dave Milligan
    Sr. Compliance Manager
    Athene
  • Regina Molloy
    Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
    Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Joseph Nowak
    Senior Director of Advocacy & Public Policy
    Nationwide
  • Marek Olearnik
    AVP, Sr. Counsel, Operations
    F&G Annuities & Life
  • Christina Parker
    General Counsel
    Simplicity Group Holdings
  • Andrew Payne
    VP & General Counsel
    CreativeOne
  • Alana Petty
    Compliance Manager
    Corebridge Financial
  • David Rauch
    President & General Counsel
    Annexus Management Company
  • Jennifer Relien
    VP & Deputy General Counsel
    Corebridge Financial
  • Nigel Riggins
    Senior Counsel
    SILAC Insurance Company
  • Rocky Robbins
    Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Counsel
    Brokers International
  • Isaac Russell
    Government Relations Director
    Allianz
  • Lauren Scott
    Sr. VP and Head of Regulatory & Government Affairs
    Global Atlantic
  • Tab Shanafelt
    Executive Vice President & Senior Adviser
    ARCUS
  • Gary Sorensen
    Director, Marketing and Sales
    CL Life and Annuity
  • Eric Stanley
    Director, Compliance Suitability
    Athene
  • Lee Stiegemeier
    Co-Founder/Chief Verbal Artist
    CircleSideways
  • Derrick Vermillion
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Impact Partnership
  • Sam Ward
    Government Affairs Manager
    North American
  • Brian Williams
    Co-Chief Executive Officer
    Financial Independence Group
  • Dave Wolfe
    General Counsel
    Advisors Excel
  • Ashley Zeller
    Chief Compliance Officer
    American Life

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Membership Committee

This committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. CST. View the committee’s 2024 priorities here. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Bailey Sorensen.

  • Stephen Pandullo – CHAIR
    VP of Relationship Management
    Athene
  • Tom Bumbolow VICE CHAIR
    Head of Distribution & Business Development
    American Life
  • Chris Bailey
    Vice President – BGA Annuity Distribution
    Nationwide
  • Aaron Barriage
    VP, Regional Sales – Marketing
    American Equity
  • Lauri Beck
    Partner
    Simplicity Group
  • Beau Blanchard
    National Sales Manager
    North American
  • Jay Brown
    VP, Relationship Management
    Delaware Life Marketing
  • Tony Compton
    DVP BD/RIA Sales
    MassMutal Ascend Life Insurance
  • Chris Coyne
    VP, Global Markets Division
    Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Emily Cramer
    Vice President, Business Development
    Simplicity Group
  • Jill Esser
    Chief Actuary
    Magellan Financial
  • Paul Garofoli
    Regional Vice President
    The Standard
  • Wes Gilbreath
    Chief Financial Officer
    Annexus
  • Kim Humbert
    VP Business Development – IMO
    W&S Financial Group Distributors
  • Brendon Kelly
    SVP, Retirement
    Ash Brokerage
  • Jason Kestler
    President
    Highland Capital Brokerage
  • Paul Kruth
    VP and National Sales Manager
    W&S Financial Group Distributors
  • Dennis Mattern
    VP – Market Development
    CreativeOne
  • Kevin Mechtley
    VP-Business Development and Chief Innovation Officer
    North American
  • Jeff Miller
    Internet Marketing, Business Development
    Unshackled Management Group
  • James Morris
    Compliance Director – Producer Activities
    TruChoice
  • Michael Robinson
    Business Development Consultant
    Synchronize
  • Jeremy Rubin
    Regional Vice President
    Athene
  • Lori Seaton
    Director, Strategic Business Development
    North American
  • Tiya Stanley
    VP of National Accounts
    F&G
  • Doug Sue
    SVP/Head of Insurance and 529 Solutions
    Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions
  • Mackenzi Swenson
    Sales & Marketing Development Manager
    EquiTrust
  • Mark Williams
    President/Managing Partner
    Brokers International

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Education Committee

This committee meets on the last Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. CST. View the committee’s 2023 priorities here. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Bailey Sorensen.

  • Chris Fuhrer – CHAIR
    Vice President, Strategic Distribution Division
    Unkefer & Associates
  • Patti Hausherr – VICE CHAIR
    VP Sales Strategy Leader
    Athene
  • Amanda Adams
    VP of Annuity Sales
    Tarkenton Financial
  • Jeff Barnes
    National Accounts Senior Manager
    EquiTrust
  • Ken Birk 
    Product Pricing & Development
    American Life
  • Jay Brown
    VP, Relationship Management
    Delaware Life Marketing
  • Phillip Brzenk 
    Global Head of Multi-Asset Indices
    S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Dan Buerman
    Director, Product & Distribution,
    Delaware Life Marketing
  • Tom Bumbolow
    Head of Distribution & Business Development
    American Life
  • Patricia Carreiro 
    Shareholder
    Carlton Fields
  • Kimberly Davis 
    Sr. Operations & Sales Specialist
    Delaware Life Marketing
  • Jack Delsing
    Sales Manager, IMO Channel – Annuities
    Securian Financial Group, Inc.
  • Anna Dickson
    Co–Founder
    Circle Sideways
  • Jill Esser 
    Chief Actuary
    Magellan Financial
  • Alan Grissom
    Industry Consultant
    Grissom Enterprises
  • Maureen James
    Co–Owner
    Summit Compliance Group
  • Bill Kauffman
    Vice President, Financial Solutions
    Senior Market Sales, Inc
  • Tom Kostek
    Manager, Business Development & Internal Marketing Operations
    American Equity
  • Joshua Levine
    Director, Equity Derivatives & Insurance Solutions
    BofA Securities, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Maldonado
    Senior Director, Public Relations & Content Strategy
    AmeriLife
  • Jeff Maxey
    Senior VP, Director of Sales
    InsurMark
  • Shannon McGinnis
    Director of Compliance
    Triad Partners
  • Chris Mechem
    Sr. Strategic Account Manager
    Invesco
  • Branislav Nikolic
    Managing Director, head of Insurance
    The Index Standard
  • Pratik Pareek
    Managing Director
    Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Ann Raible
    AVP, Annuity Alternative Distribution
    Nationwide
  • Adam Rivituso 
    Director, Third Party Consultants
    Invesco
  • Heather Schreiber
    Founder
    HLS Retirement Consulting, LLC
  • Mark Schubert
    Chief Sales Officer
    Highland Capital Brokerage
  • Lori Seaton
    Dir. of Strategy & Business Development
    North American
  • Tiya Stanley
    VP of National Accounts
    F&G
  • Lee Stiegemeier
    Co–Founder
    Circle Sideways
  • Kelsey Stokes
    Sales Head, Insurance
    S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Matt Tarkenton
    Executive VP
    Tarkenton Financial
  • Eric Taylor
    SVP, Distribution – Independent Annuities
    CoreBridge
  • Josh Woodvine
    Regional Vice President
    Midland National Life Insurance Company
  • Igor Zamkovsky
    Product Strategist
    BlackRock

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